Friday, September 28, 2018

That time I got glue on the dog




This is why I love the internet.  Awhile ago my sis wanted to know what to do about covering the window in her front door, because every time somebody came up onto her porch, the dogs jumped up and ripped off the curtain she had hanging there.  Not quite ready to just paint the damn glass black and be done with it, she asked what I thought she should do.  I suggested cutting a piece of cheapo lace curtain from the thrift store to the exact size of the glass and gluing it there.  It seemed like it wouldn’t be permanent or irreversible, and that it would let in light while preserving privacy, and that it would also look pretty.  “Actually,” I told her, “Ima do that myself, because it happens to be a great idea.”  My own front door window has been naked and bugging me ever since we painted the entire house last winter, and in general I really hate to cover up windows, but I also hate to be visible in my nightie, so I put “Cheapo lace curtain” on my thrift store shopping list and let it sit there for a long time while I got on with other things.  Last weekend, I found one at Goodwill for two bucks and decided it was time to make this project happen.  It occurred to me:  what kind of glue?  I remembered how I once used spray adhesive for some paper project on the unprotected surface of my kitchen table and how the gluey overspray marks from that little brainstorm are still in evidence to this day, and I also thought about how the same kinds of marks, left from using Mod Podge for a different project, on a completely different table, are also still there, ten years later.  It seemed like the lace curtain might have been the easy part.  Finally, I remembered how every single thing you’ve ever thought of doing has already been done before and how someone will have surely documented the process—so I googled “glueing lace to a window” and found it.  (I also remembered seeing that article before, which is undoubtedly where I got the idea in the first place.)  I enlisted Doc to help me try to cut a piece of lace, which is wobbly at best, into a neat square to the exact measurements  of the window glass, and then I mixed up a gloppy bowlful of cornstarch and water and glued it up there.  It could not have been easier, you guys.  It looked sort of opaque while it was wet, and I made a big mess on the floor and on the dog while I was painting it on, but now that it’s dry all the way, it does just what I thought it would do—it lets in the light, but keeps me from feeling like I’m on television.  Naturally, I kept going and glued more lace to a bunch more windows.  It looks so good, so light and neat, and just what I wanted.  Now my neighbor can take out his trash without fear of seeing more of me than he wants to.  A win for everyone!

38 comments:

  1. I have lacy vinyl stuff stuck to my glass doors but I like your idea much better. Now, what is the British equivalent of cornstarch?

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  2. Oh, that's very pretty. I like how the light can still shine through the glass. What a great idea...

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  3. Such a great idea and it looks so pretty.

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  4. Wow, that is a great idea and so pretty!

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  5. that is spooky Kristen as I have just done a similar thing to my bathroom window by painting it with acrylic paints

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  6. Oh that is a great idea! And cheaper and alot less hassle then putting in a new piece of opaque glass.

    xx

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  7. what a wonderful story! ... and rather clever

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  8. Genius, the simplest ideas are always the best. Jo x

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  9. Amazon sells window-cling sheets that look like frosted glass. Just cut to size and smooth it on a clean window. I have it on my bathroom window.Has lasted 5years so far.

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  10. Very pretty and the Amazon sale mentioned above also sound great.

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  11. Cute idea, I don't know how many times I made new curtains for one of my windows as my cats love ripping it. The plastic window "stickers" would not look as nice as glued curtain. Will test with a bit of the curtain that I am actually using.

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    1. Me too, I am so sick of making curtains! This is up, and done. xoxo

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  12. Love this idea. My dogs lay against/on the curtains on the sliders and have damaged them and the rods. So this would be a nice treatment for those sliders. We don't get cold weather to kill bugs where I live, so I'd have to find a different type of glue.

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    1. I'm not sure what to suggest that wouldn't be permanent. Good luck! xoxo

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  13. I love this! I thought of doing this in my bathroom, but.... steam...? Flopping lacey windows? BUT I love this idea. I may do it in a couple other windows...oooo and I have cheapie lace curtains!!, Dang... just gotta wash 'em. Sweet! Oh and paint the windows first, so yeah... this might be on the do list for a little while. Next spring maybe. BUT, I think it is a great solution and might just motivate me to paint!

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    1. I'd love to hear what happens if you do the bathroom--so far moisture isn't a problem where I've done them, but waiting for winter to find out. :)

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  14. Great idea I'm going to give it a go.

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  15. Good idea but when you get condensation you're going to get mould with cornflour.

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    1. As I understand it, these can just be peeled off and washed, then reapplied. Won't hurt to wash the window underneath once in awhile anyway. :)

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